I chose Egypt over Denmark and Holland, says Eindhoven's Adel

Ahram Online, Wednesday 13 Mar 2013

New Egyptian under-20 midfielder Amir Adel is happy to be playing with Egypt in the African Championships

PSV Eindhoven's playmaker Amir Adel (also known as Alexander Jacobsen) with Egypt U-20 medical staff; Usama El-Shaer and Hisham Abdel-Aziz during preparations for the African Championship (Photo: AO)

Egyptian footballer Amir Adel has said he is happy to compete in the African Championships.

"I was offered spots in the Danish and the Dutch national teams earlier but I preferred to play with Egypt," the 18-year-old player was quoted as saying by Al-Ahram Al-Reyady weekly magazine on Wednesday.

Dutch PSV Eindhoven's centre playmaker Amir Adel is one of the new faces that coach Rabie Yassin introduced in Egypt's under-20 squad for the African competition.

"My father [former Ahly player Adel Ahmed] is a friend of coach Yassin since they played together in the 1980s, and he recommended me to him," said Alexander Jacobsen, as the Dutch crowd know him, adding, "I am hoping I can be a helpful element to the team's success and continue down the road with them."

Egypt will play in Group A alongside hosts Algeria, Ghana and Benin in the tournament which is being held 16-30 March.

The forward, who also plays as right and left-winger, started his career at Denmark's FC Copenhagen and was known as Denmark's Ronaldinho as a youth player.

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